Getting Healthy for Good: No more trying

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“Do or do not… there is no try.”  — Yoda By Laurie Marshall There’s been a lot of “try” going on at my house this year, without a lot of success. I have been “trying” to lose weight and get in better shape. This was going pretty well up until about two months ago when, [...]

Mealtime Mama: Pass the peas, please!

If you’re new to Arkansas, you might wonder what “lucky” foods we Southerners traditionally eat on New Year’s Day. Well, black-eyed peas, cabbage or some kind of “greens”, hog jowls (really, just any pork will do, according to some) and cornbread. Don’t even try to find a cabbage head or a can of black-eyed peas [...]

Mamas on Magic 107.9 on Thursdays!

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When I stop by Magic 107.9 for the Thursday morning radio chat, I’ll have a somewhat unusual question for this time of year: “What do you hope does NOT change in 2011?” All this New Year’s hype about resolutions and making major changes is getting on my nerves lately, so we’re switching things up a [...]

5 Mintues with a Mom: Catherine Theodore

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Name: Catherine Theodore Children’s names and ages? Elias (age 10), Panayiota (age 6), Andreas (age 2) Where are you from and how long have you lived in NWA? I have lived in many places including Athens, Greece, but I consider myself to be from Blytheville, Arkansas. That is where I began my life as Mrs. [...]

Guess who’s getting a makeover!

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Guess what Santa brought us for Christmas! He brought us a whole new look for nwaMotherlode.com, and we LOVE it! The new look includes a logo and masthead that has been freshened up and tweaked just a bit, and we’ll also have a new layout on the website that we think you’re going to really [...]

Tips: National ‘Get Organized’ Month

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Are you still finding ripped up wrapping paper around the house? Did you rearrange the furniture to make way for the Christmas tree and now it’s time to move things back? Well, January is National Get Organized Month. We gathered a few easy tips from Simple Spaces that you can use in 2011 to help [...]

Good Gossip: Wrapping up 2010!

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We can’t send the year 2010 off just yet without one last helping of “Good Gossip,” the deliciously no-guilt gossip column we serve up every other week here on nwaMotherlode.com. Enjoy! If you’re a fan of the tough-as-nails trainer Jillian Michaels on The Biggest Loser, make sure you relish the upcoming season which premieres on [...]

Home Design: Cutting your energy bill beautifully

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By Lori Homstad, local business owner and mother of two Do you like the game of Monopoly? Just roll the dice and you pay what you roll for your utility bill.  I’d rather get double sixes any day to the bill I just got.  SWEPCO concurred with me that our bill was above the average [...]

Online games to sharpen your brain!

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The learning exercises at LearningRx are often more like games. On their website, they have several “Games For Your Brain”. What if you observed a crime being committed? Would you be a reliable witness? How observant are you…really? Look at a series of increasingly more challenging pictures and answer questions related to them. Play this [...]

The Rockwood Files: Cruisin’ for a snoozin’

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By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 Today I’m doing something I’ve always wanted to try but never had the opportunity to do before now. I’m writing my column from an exotic location, and it feels just as new and exciting as I’d hoped it would. Normally, I write while sitting in my [...]

Life with Ladybug: To-do list for 2011

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By Shannon Magsam I know it’s not even Christmas Day yet, but I’m already thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. Instead of resolving NOT to do something, this year I thought I’d resolve to DO some of my favorite things more often. What’s on your list? The top 25 things that make me giddy with pleasure, [...]

Mamas on Magic 107.9 Wednesday

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It’s down to the wire now, mamas. So if you need a little last-minute holiday help, tune in to Magic 107.9 this morning (we’ll be there WEDNESDAY this week) from 7:40 a.m. to 9 a.m with the mamas and radio hosts Jennifer Irwin and Guy Westmoland. We’ll tackle a few subjects that busy mamas might [...]

Military Mama: I’ll be home for Christmas

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By Jade Stone Christmas is definitely here! Conversations of holiday plans and gifts fill the air along with endless Christmas carols around every corner. This truly is one of my most favorite times of year. Everyone tries to be a little nicer, a little kinder, and even a little more generous. By now, families have [...]

Beauty Buzz: Last-minute gift ideas for ladies!

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By Andi Douglas, nwaMotherlode.com beauty editor I did it again…I plan ahead, make lists, hit Black-Friday like a pro, but every year I get so excited about buying toys for the kids, that I forget all about the adults. The guys are easy, I-tunes gift cards or a DVD chosen by my husband, but I [...]